Mindfulness and laziness as a trend?
Laziness and productivity - how does it fit together? Apparently very good, because the subject of laziness we have already often on Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® discussed. There are even people who openly admit: "Yes, I'm lazy - and that's why I'm productive".
Doing less, ostensibly accomplishing more or just being lazy: caring for one's self and turning away from the hamster wheel are trends in the future. Mindfulness is in.
Born to laziness?
In this connection I found it exciting what the journalist and author Holm Friebe said about it. We remember: Friebe is the founder of the Central Intelligence Agency, who together with Sascha Lobo published the book “We call it work” in 2006 and thus coined the term “digital bohemian”.
He is practically predestined to write about laziness. And that's what he did, including in another book “The Stone Strategy. The art of not acting ”.
Against the actionism:
Friebe's central message: Instead of falling into blind actionism, as happens in many situations, you should take a deep breath, procrastinate, wait and think in peace. Friebe gives all kinds of examples of so-called “placebo activities”. For example, our bloated health system, in which therapies are apparently indiscriminately prescribed, or the bureaucratic apparatus, which, according to Parkinson's law, deals with itself according to the motto: "Every job expands until it completely fills the time allotted for it."
According to Friebe, there are a thousand reasons and motives for creating work where there really weren't: "Budget items have to be defended, superiors or shareholders want to be appeased, lack of planning should be disgraced." As the German officer Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord said: The clever and lazy soldiers are predestined for the highest management tasks, since only they have the prudence and nerve-strength to master difficult decisions. Friebe has also understood that companies have long been sham productive - and that is exactly why he wrote his book.
Cultural ADHD - employment at any price
I have to admit: there is something in his thesis. For example, I really like his expression “cultural ADHD”. Once again, the Protestant work ethic is to blame for the over-productivity dilemma that has struck our society.
The hustle and bustle with which news is produced in the media and with which Twitter, Facebook and Co. fight for attention is undisputed. Many agree: More important than jumping on any fast-moving trend - on the Internet and elsewhere - is "to calmly and purposefully pursue your own day's work". Nice.
Always just prokrastinieren is not a solution
Or not quite. Of course, blind actionism is bad. But always putting one's hands in the lap and waiting for what happens, as Friebe does in his article - a little bold and of course not 100% serious - demands, can not be the solution. Nor that he praises Angela Merkel for this political strategy. Friebe himself would soon be unemployed, if everyone did what he advises them. After all, he also lives on the fact that people can be distracted from their day's work by texts such as his.
In the comments to Friebes contribution in the SZ-magazine is the perfect illustration of his idea: It is noted that it can also be cheaper during cooking to let the roast linger a little longer. Exactly that brings me to the essential point: And then how do you proceed afterwards while cleaning the kitchen? Should one wait until the brownies come and do everything for one?
Postponing or performing radical tasks
In many cases, procrastinating does not continue, as I have often noticed in my own example. Radical execution of tasks can sometimes be more liberating. And even if action and hurry are bad in important decisions, it often comes down to acting fast: If you hesitate too long, the competition is faster - for example, when it comes to the implementation of business ideas.
My conclusion: I like Friebe's thesis and have often dealt with similar topics myself. In many cases, pausing and thinking is more appropriate than rushing away. But I get as many cases in the Sensewho hesitated too long and where the hesitation had a negative impact. So I find Friebe's generalization inappropriate. As is so often the case, the golden middle ground is important.
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